Wrapped around Thanksgiving are three great local wrestling tournaments this week, featuring some of the top teams in Gwinnett County and the state.
Parkview will host its annual Panther Duals today along with the Wesleyan Duals. On Saturday, the Butcher Choice Duals will take place at Grayson.
The Panther Duals will feature four teams ranked in the top 10 in Georgia. Along with No. 10 Parkview, No. 4 Ola in AAAA, No. 3 Gilmer in AAA and Class AA's No. 1 team Henry County will be there. Gilmer has won four state championships since 2005 and Henry County, which features two defending state champions, shared the Class AAA traditional title last season.
Across the county in Norcross, Wesleyan hosts a dual tournament, which will feature two top-five teams in AAAAA in Union Grove and Centennial.
On Saturday, Wesleyan will be one of four Gwinnett teams at the Butcher Choice Duals hosted by Grayson. Dacula and Shiloh also will be in the tournament along Apalachee, Redan, Social Circle, Lovejoy, Stephenson and Northview.
Gwinnett teams off to hot start
The wrestling season began last Saturday and four Gwinnett County teams brought home hardware.
Wesleyan, Parkview, Dacula and Duluth all won the tournaments Saturday.
Wesleyan had the most impressive showing. The Class A private school defeated Whitewater, the No. 1 team in Class AAAA, 40-36 to win the Alexander Duals. Parkview won the Blackbeard Duals, Duluth took home first at the Comet Classic and Dacula claimed the Rumble championship.
Wrestlers in football playoffs
The quarterfinals of the state football playoffs are this Friday, which means some schools will be without top wrestlers again this week. Grayson, North Gwinnett and Wesleyan all have starters still in football pads.
The Rams' Tucker Kreis (112 pounds) is the starting wide receiver for 12-0 Grayson, which hosts defending state champion Lowndes. Joseph Champaign (215) is the county's leader in sacks and Jack Dunster (152) and Clayton Hyde (160) are also on the football team.
Wesleyan is without Drew Carroll (152), Cole Watson (189), Jimmy Dugal (285) and Chris Zalesky (160/171). The Wolves travel to take on Miller County in Friday's Class A football quarterfinals.
North Gwinnett's Francisco Trevino (145), Agie Tarwoe (160/171), Warren Roberts (171/189), Ayo Ojola (215), Rahmil Brantley (215), Anthony Yi (285) and Kevin Kang (275) are all members of the Bulldogs' football team, which plays at Newnan on Friday, and could see some mat time this season.
Rare dual loss for Eagles
When Collins Hill lost to Pope in its season opener Saturday 33-29, it snapped a 36-match winning streak against Georgia opponents.
The loss is a little misleading since the Eagles were without seven starters, including defending state champion Taylor Knapp.
It was Collins Hill's first dual loss to a Georgia school since the 2007 state duals when it lost to McEachern. Since then, the Eagles had won 36 straight dual meets. Their only dual losses last year were to out-of-state teams.
It was Dec. 2005 when Collins Hill last lost at home when Oviedo, Fla., beat the Eagles 38-24 at the Kyle Maynard Duals.